Romanian billionaire, seven others die in plane crash near Milan

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A light aircraft belonging to Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others on board, Italian media reported.

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 took off shortly after 1 p.m. (1100 GMT) from Linate Airport in Milan for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later in San Donato Milanese, a city southeast of Milan, according to the aviation authority ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already on fire before crashing into a renovated office building.

Petrescu, 68, was one of the richest men in Romania. He ran a large construction company and owned a number of hypermarkets and shopping malls. He also had German citizenship, reported the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

Corriere and AGI news agency said Petrescu’s 65-year-old woman, who also had French citizenship, and her son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed, as well as a child.

Milan’s Mayor Beppe Sala and his counterpart Andrea Checchi from San Donato were there.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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